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Internet piracy rehab: The latest push to curb illegal downloads

Internet service providers roll out a 'six strikes' policy to educate rather than punish people for illegal downloads.
Posted In: piracy, Internet, Tech

When it comes to personal trainers, buyer beware

Plenty of Americans will resolve to get in shape with the help of a personal trainer in 2013. But the personal training field is unregulated, and clients may not always know what they're getting.
Posted In: exercise, personal trainers

Alabama on the fence about taking money for Medicaid

Alabama joins a slew of lawmakers who are ambivalent about taking funds from the Fed to cover the millions more people who will become eligible for Medicaid under Obamacare.
Posted In: health care, medicaid, Affordable Care Act

Scaled-back newspapers leave older readers behind

As more newspapers scale back production to just three or four days a week, what will come of subscribers who prefer paper to pixels?
Posted In: newspapers

Retailers want online Memorial Day shoppers

You've heard of Cyber Monday in November. Well, retailers now want an online holiday for Memorial Day.
Posted In: online shopping, online retail, Memorial Day

Even in Alabama, it's hard to get a home loan

Alabama wasn't hit hard by the housing collapse, and prices are now rising. But it's still difficult to get a home loan there.
Posted In: Housing, Alabama

Postal Service layoffs will hit minorities

Working at the post office has long been a way for African-Americans and others to rise up to the middle class. But at least 35,000 USPS jobs will soon be lost.
Posted In: minority unemployment, Postal Service

Alabama's immigration law could slow foreign business

Alabama has attracted top car manufacturers, but some of their foreign workers have been arrested by police. It worries business leaders trying to attract new companies.
Posted In: Immigration law, Alabama

The birth of a new career

New programs help low-income women train to become doulas and birthing assistants.
Posted In: doula, birth, Health

Jefferson County, Ala., files for bankruptcy

The largest municipal bankruptcy filing in U.S. history happened in Jefferson County, Ala., yesterday.
Posted In: Economy


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